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The Gang They Couldn't Catch: The Story of America's Greatest Modern-Day Bank Robbers-And How They Got Away With It Hardcover – October, 1993


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From Publishers Weekly

In her impressive true-crime story, Weyermann, a former reporter for the Arizona Daily Star , writes less about crime than about people. Focusing on David Grandstaff, she leaves little doubt that he was the mastermind among the three men who robbed the Valley National Bank depository in Tucson in 1981, hauling away more than $3 million. Grandstaff, whom she interviewed, emerges as an exceptionally intelligent man from an impoverished Des Moines, Iowa, background, who--like his fellow gang members, called "The Boys"--never had the opportunity to develop his abilities. Arrested for the first time when he was 12, Grandstaff became a career criminal. He, his friends and his lawyers are interesting players in this absorbing drama that culminates with a jury that would not convict The Boys for the Valley National Bank heist on the basis of dubious evidence. Grandstaff now works as a painting contractor in Des Moines. Photos not seen by PW.
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From Booklist

Weyermann interviewed over 100 people to produce this account of the theft of $3 million from the Valley National Bank depository in Tucson in 1981. One of those she interviewed was David Grandstaff, who, with two accomplices, was accused but never convicted of the crime. Known as "the Boys," Grandstaff and his gang have walked away with more than $30 million over the course of their careers. After describing the Tucson heist, Weyermann details how Grandstaff and his friends met in an Iowa schoolyard and began their lives of crime by robbing vending machines. Eventually, they worked their way up to banks, spending some time in prison, including the notorious Leavenworth, but also trying to build ordinary lives as family men who just happened to steal for a living. They were already well known to authorities by the time they were arrested for what the FBI calls TUCROB. Weyermann's use of multiple perspectives--criminals, wives, girlfriends, lawyers, FBI agents, and the hapless janitor at the depository, among others--lends depth to her account. This well-written and absorbing book should appeal to lovers of true crime. Mary Ellen Quinn
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Poseidon Pr; First Edition edition (October 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671731319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671731311
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely brilliantly written story. I have recommended this book over and over again. I wish it wasn't out of print, because people I have talked to about it have found it hard to obtain. It not only chronicles an amazing story, but also shows the "underside" that exists in many of the larger, industrial towns in Iowa--something that most people don't know about and don't believe exists if they haven't spent a lot of time in the state. A real page turner, and while it's hard to sympathize with criminals, one has to have a grudging admiration for Grandstaff and Weir. Theft was their chosen profession and they were good at it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Sargent on October 5, 2003
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David Grandstaff is my cousin, and I must say that this book is written so terrific even I didnt know some of these things. Definetly a must read for people intrested in true crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By caroline johnston on June 5, 2013
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Lived in Des Moines 40 plus years so always like to read about the city. Like to compare "tales" to facts.
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By N. Beattie on December 21, 2008
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Product was exactly what I was looking for, bought 5 of this specific out of print book from 5 different sellers for gifts.
The receipients and I were quite familiar with the characters written about.
The descriptions, quality and price were as stated with some variance with each copy.
Shipping was prompt and everything went smoothly.
Very Pleased !
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".....The Gang They Couldn't Catch is the fascinating true story of David Grandstaff and his gang of modern-day outlaws, perhaps the MOST ACTIVE ROBBERS IN UNITED STATES HISTORY, who have walked away with at least $10 million in the years since they met in an Iowa schoolyard in the 1950s....."
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